MU Hosts Diversity Summit

8 years 1 day 6 hours ago Friday, October 22 2010 Oct 22, 2010 Friday, October 22, 2010 4:47:19 PM CDT October 22, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri hosted a Diversity Summit at Memorial Union Wednesday. The events continue all day Thursday. Chancellor Brady Deaton gave a "state of diversity" address.  This meeting is an opportunity for the participants of the summit to discuss diversity with a panel of campus administrators. They will discuss improvements that need to be made and ideas for the future.

One MU grad student, David Aguayo, says the summit is a good thing.

"We need to be open minded, and this type of forum will open that conversation in our campus," said Agayuo.

Aguayo is a Mexican Immigrant, and it was hard for him to get adjusted here.

"I seek diversity, I seek home. Being an immigrant student from Mexico...I seek people of my color, I seek people like me."

He says even though the university is not doing enough, he knows they are trying.

He said, "To have this level of conversation at this level, it's ok, it's not great, but it's not the way it should be, but it's ok.

His classmate, Ashley McDonald, said that she likes this summit.

"It's great to pull all these people together and be able to brainstorm to figure what's being done and what can still be done."

She understands the university is trying to make the campus more diverse.

"I do wish the university was more diverse, but I think that they are working on it, its kinda a process, it just takes time."

The Director of Libraries, Jim Cogswell, was at the summit as well. He thinks that Missouri does a great job handling diversity.

"We have people who really truly believe that this is what we must does a human race to be open and to be inclusive about how we get along with one another. This is the only world we know of."

Brady Deaton gave a speech in which he stated,

"We have to recognize the progress due to so many of you, of those who have gone before, and we must honor those with what actions we take that can reinforce the values that can hold us together as a community and move us into a future in a woven fabric that truly honors the diversity among us as a society."

Events continue all day Thursday.

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